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NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 9, 2007, 7:45pm

New Mutants West #2
"Recipe for Hate"
$2.99

Months ago, Miranda Leevald became a nationwide spectacle when she was publicly beaten down by LAPD officers after resisting arrest on prostitution charges. Overshadowing the police brutality was the more publicized fact she was a mutant, her snake-like skin skewing the facts.

The LAPD officers were acquitted. Mutants and humans alike protested the verdict. And then the riots began.

Writer: Amanda Madison
Penciler: Bryan Hitch

This Weekend.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by William "Wraithling" Weaver on May 9, 2007, 7:50pm

May 9, 2007, 7:45pm, Alkaline wrote:New Mutants West #2
"Recipe for Hate"
$2.99

Months ago, Miranda Leevald became a nationwide spectacle when she was publicly beaten down by LAPD officers after resisting arrest on prostitution charges. Overshadowing the police brutality was the more publicized fact she was a mutant, her snake-like skin skewing the facts.

The LAPD officers were acquitted. Mutants and humans alike protested the verdict. And then the riots began.

Writer: Amanda Madison
Penciler: Bryan Hitch
This Weekend.

« BS, moar liek Joone 2009 »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 9, 2007, 7:53pm

«He started pencil breakdowns in April 29, 1992.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Cheshire on May 9, 2007, 8:00pm

Oh, okay. So it should only be a few more weeks then.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by William "Wraithling" Weaver on May 9, 2007, 8:00pm

« I think I saw this issue on the ceiling of a chapel. »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 9, 2007, 8:22pm

May 9, 2007, 8:00pm, Cheshire wrote:Oh, okay. So it should only be a few more weeks then.

Hate all you want, that gatefold in Ult #13 is pure art-porn.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Sir Nathaniel/Fang on May 9, 2007, 8:23pm

May 9, 2007, 8:22pm, Alkaline wrote:
May 9, 2007, 8:00pm, Cheshire wrote:Oh, okay. So it should only be a few more weeks then.

Hate all you want, that gatefold in Ult #13 is pure art-porn.

«It finally came out?»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by William "Wraithling" Weaver on May 9, 2007, 8:28pm

May 9, 2007, 8:23pm, Sir Nathaniel/Fang wrote:
May 9, 2007, 8:22pm, Alkaline wrote:

Hate all you want, that gatefold in Ult #13 is pure art-porn.

«It finally came out?»

« Rofl, oh Logan, you do go on… Anyway if by "porn" you mean "crap" then I agree. Check. And Mate. »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by K'lar on May 10, 2007, 12:20am

«Starting Friday night or saturday night?»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 10, 2007, 12:44am

«Saturday»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by K'lar on May 10, 2007, 12:45am

«::pout:: That sucks I got plans Saturday night…we've talked about that though ::


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 10, 2007, 1:23am

«I'd say Friday, but I have plans…»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Sir Nathaniel/Fang on May 10, 2007, 1:24am

«Does Authority fit into those plans?»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 10, 2007, 1:29am

[Saturday and Sunday…PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRFECT.]


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Protoman on May 10, 2007, 5:46am

It vaguely worries me that NO ONE questioned Amy running a New Mutants West mission….


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Marianne "Lucifer" Thorley on May 10, 2007, 5:48am

Are we supposed to?


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Protoman on May 10, 2007, 5:49am

No, not really, I just found it disconcerting.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Cheshire on May 10, 2007, 5:53am

Hey, you TOLD me about it. I just assumed that you had told everyone else.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Pester on May 10, 2007, 9:34am

Wait… You mean we're NOT pawns in your bloody power struggle?


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 10, 2007, 2:11pm

May 10, 2007, 5:46am, Protoman wrote:It vaguely worries me that NO ONE questioned Amy running a New Mutants West mission….

<_< I just assumed there was something going on that everyone else knew but me. That happens a lot.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alyssa Nephrahim on May 10, 2007, 2:13pm

I asked Amy about it.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by K'lar on May 10, 2007, 2:32pm

I had nothing to question. You told me that she was helping you with this stuff


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Krystal "Fatale" Stevenson on May 12, 2007, 11:46am

«About what time are we starting?»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 12, 2007, 3:19pm

10ish Central.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 12, 2007, 10:55pm

«Check the **** in.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 12, 2007, 10:56pm

[Since you asked so nicely.]


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 12, 2007, 10:57pm

« Make me! »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on May 12, 2007, 10:59pm

« Fight the power! »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 12, 2007, 11:04pm

«And if I don't? What then, bitch? What then?»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Protoman on May 12, 2007, 11:04pm

«I'll be reading along. »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 12, 2007, 11:07pm

Firestar stands before the NM West field team, a tense look on her face.

"Hello all, I'm Angelica Jones, you may know me as Firestar. I know we haven't had much chance to be acquainted, but I've been very busy. You'll see why in a minute. Anyway, before I launch into this, I want you all to know not only was I Hellion alumni, I'm also a card-carrying Avenger and New Warrior.

Which explains why I've been gone."

She flips on the TV, muted Fox News cuts frantically on the screen.

"Those of you from the West Coast may be familiar with Miranda Leevald and the LA police brutality case. Those of you not from the California area may still be familiar, it's been national news the past six months.

A few hours ago, they released the verdict," and she eyes the television. On screen, someone is pulled out of a truck cab and beaten by a mob in the middle of the Los Angeles intersection.

The camera pulls back to reveal Ingleside's neighborhood in flames.

"The Avengers are en route, but we need to quell this now. Do any of you have questions or problems?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 12, 2007, 11:09pm

"Just one: Who's Miranda Leevald and what police brutality case?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 12, 2007, 11:10pm

All those people…God, I heard about the incident, but I had no idea it exploded like that.

"Um, just a quick question: What was the verdict, exactly? What was the sentence?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 12, 2007, 11:15pm

Firestar looks pressed for time, and bites her lip.

"Er, Miranda Leevald was a, er…prositute. She was arrested on a routine vice bust in LA, but the hitch is…she's a mutant.

Visibly. She has scaly skin. I'm sure mutant hate crimes are a familiar concept with you."

She turns to Abby, gesturing towards the landing pad outside, where a Quinjet is idling. "The verdict was that the police involved in the beating were released. Disputable evidence. We're not worrying about that.

What the Avengers and media are concerned with is the fact that mutants and mutant sympathizers in the entire Los Angeles area are furious with the results. It went from a peaceful demonstration to full blown riot.

We need to get in there and calm the people, whether they're hostile or docile. Our primary concern is any civilian, mutant or otherwise.

But we also need to beat the National Guard and Mutant Affairs department to the scene. This can't end well, in any event."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 12, 2007, 11:17pm

"Well…I'll do my best, ma'am." I nod, eager to go.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 12, 2007, 11:18pm

"My ass is already pretty messed up, from here I can only get deaded." Baby sighs, rubbing her cast and bandaged nose.

"Let's do this thing."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 12, 2007, 11:18pm

"I'm not really that good with crowd control…."

Loping of limbs seems a bad idea.

"But I guess I'm coming anyway, huh."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 12, 2007, 11:20pm

God. I get mum bitching about the verdict over the phone for a solid hour and now this.

"I always thought when I went to my first riot I would be on the 'smash shit' side of it, as opposed to being a peace keeper…"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Aaron "Zener" Scryer/Fragment on May 12, 2007, 11:24pm

Bryan looks around. "Uh. How violent can we expect them to be to us? Like…I'm not bullet proof."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 12, 2007, 11:24pm

"With our luck, there'll probably be plenty of smashing on our side…"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 12, 2007, 11:25pm

"Mutants, stoping mutants from bashing in po-po skulls? Yeah, they'll just be tossing candy at us."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 12, 2007, 11:26pm

"Mutant Riot, I'd say exspect anything."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 12, 2007, 11:26pm

"Aw. You know just what to say to cheer me up."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 12, 2007, 11:26pm

Firestar nods. "We need everyone. It's always on the job training, our line of work."

The team departs.

—-

The Quinjet arrives over West Los Angeles, and Firestar sets down behind a police barrier. SWAT and the Nation Guard are already setting up barricades and tear gassing the crowd.

"I don't know if you can, but can you get an owner for Ons, that's o-n-s, junior market, the address is 1934 East Anaheim; all the windows are busted out, and it's like a free-for-all in here and, uh the owner should at least come down here and see if he can secure his business, if he wants to…"

The SWAT officer looks up at the Avenger and her young charges.

"Avengers, finally. Little young. Good news and bad news for you."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 12, 2007, 11:33pm

"You think they'd stop when they see a Qunjet land…"

"So what's the bad news?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 12, 2007, 11:33pm

I'm a bit nervous, I'll admit - crowd control isn't my specialty, and while I can fight, I might not be that effective against a bunch of angry, irrational people. Still, I want to be useful, so I try helping out with the barricades, talking to the police and making a few suggestions to increase their effectiveness.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 12, 2007, 11:35pm

I just stand around and watch people go wild while the pigs tear gas them. Looks like fun. I've got to try this some time.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 12, 2007, 11:37pm

"The news…children," and a man in a dark suit steps forward, clearly a government spook.

"The new is that while the riots persist, mutant activity has been…dwindling."

He straightens his tie, slicks his white hair back, and a grin forms inside the frame of his pristinely trimmed goatee.

"Hello, my name is Agent Bastion, I'm the government agent…tasked to this. Our own technology, graciously developed in tandem by Professor Charles Xavier, has shown that the mutant genes in the area are simply…deactivating.

You may pick and choose which news is worse. Neither is good."

His grim smile never wavers.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Aaron "Zener" Scryer/Fragment on May 12, 2007, 11:40pm

"…Does that mean they are dying…or just not being a mutant?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 12, 2007, 11:40pm

It takes me a while to take it all in but…honestly, this is bad.

"Wait, so are you saying that mutants powers are just deactivating, or are they losing their X-genes all together and like, devolving?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 12, 2007, 11:42pm

My eyes sort of widen at that one.

"You mean, like, poof, they aren't mutants anymore?"

Also, I like his hair.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 12, 2007, 11:42pm

"Deactivating?" I get a chill at the word. I've been apprehensive about my power ever since I learned I had it, but if I were to suddenly lose - I run the theories in my head, and I can see it would be very bad. Without my powers, my intelligence is…nonexistent.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 12, 2007, 11:45pm

"You must really like making people confused, huh?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 12, 2007, 11:49pm

"Their X-Genes are simply…shutting off. Of course, with all the news crews and chaos around, especially the fires and electrical disturbances, our equipment isn't getting the most accurate reading.

As far as we know no one is dying, and yet. And still.

The best I can offer is…that these…blips on my radar are disappearing. X-Gene activity fades, lifesigns and warm bodies remain."

He strokes his goatee, then address Firestar.

"Perhaps you and your children might be better pressed looking for a root of this phenomenon."

He points a too pink finger towards a burning shopping plaza, where people are fighting and beating each other down over groceries and CDs as they're fire hosed down.

This isn't about the verdict anymore.

"A concentrated amount of mutants just…turned off over there."

He cocks his head towards his walkie talkie.

"…Units, units be advised there is an attempt 211 to arrest now at 938 temple, 938 temple… 30 subjects with bags.. tryin' to get inside the CB's house…"

Bastion nods curtly. "The power is yours. I have other matters to attend to."

He hurries back into a throng of black suits.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 12, 2007, 11:55pm

That was nice.

"Paige? I don't suppose you could handle the crowd control. It would seem to be your thing."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 12, 2007, 11:56pm

I don't want to lose my powers. I can't lose my powers. I just can't. But I can't sit by and let them beat each other like this. I can't be a coward. Not like this. Not in front of Paige and Nick.

"Well…let's get to it." With a sigh, I start to run towards the grocery.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 12, 2007, 11:56pm

"So do we actually care about our fellow Homo Superior becoming flatscans or are we just going to beat down some looters until the Avengers come?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 12, 2007, 11:59pm

"If you need an incentive, we should probably figure out what is doing it, before we lose our X-Genes too."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 12:00am

I stop short, heading back to Baby. "Well, we care, but we can't just let them beat each other to a pulp, right? We should just try and stop this craziness for now, I think."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 12:02am

Firestar nods sagely.

"Alright, the best bet is that shopping complex. It looks like the crowd control's dispersing, but we need to check for survivors in any event."

The team heads towards the shopping strip. The windows are busted out, flames lick from all around. Most of the fighting is happening in the parking lot, and the stores themselves are already destroyed and stripped of value.

Still, it doesn't stop the team from hearing a panicked cry for help in the back of a Mexican Grocery store.

It's muffled, and seems to come from the lone door in the back of the shop.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 12:05am

I wonder what type of movie we're in this time? I start to walk towards the back of the store and ask the door to open up, but do so from a little bit of a distance… not exactly eager to get too close to anything scream worthy.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 12:06am

I follow after Paige.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 12:12am

The door gruffly wakes to life.

"'ey, wasshuwant? I got t'ree cold ones back here and one on da brink. You t'ink you wan' a piece of 'dis?"

The door shrugs, as best it's hinges allow, and swings open.

A cloaked figure rushes out. "Oh my god! I didn't mean to do it!"

She grabs Paige, shaking her violently, despite the difference in size.

"I…I was scared, and, and I flared up, and I didn't mean to ki…they gave me shelter, and I…I…but then it stopped."

The tiny red haired girl begins to cry, cradling her face in Paige's arm.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 12:12am

Tom is still in his human form, and his eyes glass over a bit. He is strangely silent when the topic of disappearing mutant genes arises. He keeps his eyes peeled wide as he looks around for the source…


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 12:12am

I reluctantly follow my gal pals. I figure, if one of us is going to die, it'll be specs anyway.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 12:14am

I'm not sure Piage is the best person to break down to. I jog over to them.

"Calm down. Tell us what happened. Slowly."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 12:15am

I'm afraid of what I'm going to see, but I take a few steps inside the building and give it a scan, trying to figure out what happened.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 12:17am

Christ almighty. What do I look like, a teddy bear? Why kids think I'm huggable, I'll never know.

"Calm down, half pint. What happened? Preferably without the stuttering and topic jumping."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 12:19am

"Be nice Paige, she's obviously destressed."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 12:20am

The girl raches out to Nick, grasping his hand.

"I…the riots broke out here an hour ago. They were, they were going all around attacking 'mutants', but it was just anybody. And then the mutants were going around attacking the others. Sometimes in self-defense, sometimes, *sniff* just because. I…I'm a known mutant. I didn't want to be beaten down like the others."

She blows her nose on Nick's sleeve.

"But I also didn't want the mutants to think I didn't support their cause, the Leevald case, which is wrong, I know, but…So I hid here. This family, the grocers, they knew me, what I was, and they hid me.

We prayed. Then the looters hit. And I freaked out, there were lynch mobs on the news, I didn't want to die. And, I lost control of my powers, and…"

She looks back at the room.

"Then one of the looters, he grabbed me when he saw my flames. Called me a sellout pacifist, and…then he said something was wrong. And his buddies asked what he meant, and he said that…something about he couldn't do it. They ran off.

Left me here. And since then, I can't use my flames."

—-

Abby sees a standard riot scene, the shelves are overturned, items stolen, windows smashed. The cash register is smashed, but a few stay bills lay in the debris.

Also, Nick and Paige now have NO USE of their powers.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 12:23am

"Looks like we're getting closer to our X-gene-killer cause. Did you feel anything weird when it happened? Or hear a noise?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 12:23am

I walk back outside, just in time to hear the girl's story. "The guy who touched you - which way did he go?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 12:24am

« Is there any reason he would notice? He's pretty normal when wearing the glasses anyway. »

Damnit, there goes this shirt.

"I'm sure it's okay…. Just something temporary… They left beacuse it happened to them too. I guess that means it affects groups, or maybe it's around here."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 12:25am

"Just, poof, gone? No sensation or anything? No signs of what caused it, just… bam, no more mutants?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 12:38am

«No, you wouldn't notice it unless you tried. Just wanted to throw that out there for your RP purposes when you do attempt.»

She sniffs. "I didn't hear anything. I just…I just can't do it anymore. I don't know when it started.

But the group did head that way," and she points down the street to a seemingly abandoned series of shoddy looking apartments.

Firestar, listening intently, places her hand on Nick's shoulder. "Right. I want you all to check that lead. I'm going to stay here and rustle up some information on this Bastion fellow. I'm sure X-Factor knows something, it's their branch."

—-

The apartment complex, when they arrive, is small, a row of 10 ground level apartments, and a 2nd and 3rd story crammed on top.

There are several movements in the windows on the upper stories, but most of the rioters have since moved on.

It's then that a group of four young men step out from an enclosed basketball court.

"Hey! What the hell do you think you're doing. We already warned you off. Stay the hell out. Don't start none, won't be none, but you startin' somethin' just by bein' here."

There's the distinctive click of multiple pistols.

"Now, you get the hell out."

A smaller fellow in a the back steps forward, flashing his piece from beneath his Lakers jersey.

"We don't care if you mutie or what, jus' go , mange!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 12:42am

"Gimme that, mange." I say, drawing all the pistols into orbit around me with my powers.

"Now we're starting some."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 12:43am

"You've got to lay of the pipe, holmes, because you've never fucking met us before. And trust me when I say you don't want to know us."

I try to tell the guns to lay off… but am met with silence.

"Oh my God…"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 12:44am

I was about to spring into actions, but Paige's words catch me off guard. "Hey…what's wrong?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 12:45am

"My… my powers…"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 12:49am

She's stuttering. Like me. Paige is… "You…you lost your powers?" My mind starts to churn, searching for patterns - Paige was touched by that girl, the girl was touched by that guy…but that means… "Nick, try to use your powers."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 12:50am

The four thugs yelp as Baby yanks their guns away.

"Holy sh-!" and Lakers Jersey sprints off, leading the pack in retreat.

Someone on the second story opens a window. "Hey! Muties! How are you-?" There's silence, and then a door slams, and a man runs down the stairs.

"How did you do that? Everyone in my 'hood, all the mutants, we've all been cut off from our powers since the riots. I thought maybe the cops were using dampeners or something, but…how the hell are you still working?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 12:50am

"Huh? Seriously?"

I Take off my glasses.

"Mmmm… Nope. Mine aren't working either. Freaky."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 12:52am

"Guess I'm just nice that way." I toss two guns to Paige.

"Since you might need them now."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 12:55am

And I'm not mentally defunct, so I know mine are working. "It's that guy, the one who was hassling the fire girl earlier. I think…I think he passed something, something that makes people lose their powers. Kind of like a disease. It's probably airborne; you and Paige both got close to her."

I put a hand on Paige's shoulder, but I make sure to cover my mouth and nose. "Don't worry, we'll find a way to reverse it…"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 12:55am

I shove one in the back of my pants and cock the other. I look way too comfortable with it.

"Somebody is going to bleed over this."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 12:55am

Tom's eyes get an unnoticeable hint of spite at Nick and Paige."Hmph."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 12:57am

"What? I don't get any heat?"

Right now, I'm a bit worried. If I'm not a mutant, I bet I'll get kicked out. And I was just getting to meet everyone, and Abby….

Not very worried about the acual power though.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 1:00am

Abby immediately finds herself mentally defunct.

—-

The man nods at the odd assembly of teens. "Like I said, everyone in the 'hood just lost it. I mean, not everyone is super villain or anythin', but Marcus lost his ups on the court, and even Sammy the fish boy…well, he ain't no fish."

He raises an eyebrow at Abby. "I don't know what you're on about, but I know some of the mutant bangers were talkin' about something when they passed through. Said they had a lead on up at the church. Too bad the news just said the church is blown up."

He shakes his head sadly. "Although, Sammy, he could probably…Sammy!"

A young boy runs down from the upstairs apartment. "Uh, yessir?"

"I want you to take these folks to your friends in the tunnels. Probably best to avoid the riots down there anyways."

Sammy nods. "You guys want to see the tunnels?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 1:02am

"Uh, sure, why not?"

Firestar wants us to check it out I guess…. Not like we hav anything better to do.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 1:05am

"No way, I'm not going down into any stupid sewers. What the hell good is that anyway? This entire plan sucks."

Tom walks down the hall away from the main group.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 1:05am

"Take us."

Not in the mood to waste words.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 1:05am

I…I…I don't recognize this place. At all. I was in school, I was in second grade, I was taking a test on addition, and all the sudden, I'm just…here. With all these people. Talking.

"Who…who are you guys? How did…what happened? Where…"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 1:06am

[Clarification: I was going to have her become mentally retarded, but it seemed rather tasteless, so I opted for this instead.]


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 1:07am

I raise an eyebrow.

"What the fuck are you talking about Abs?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on May 13, 2007, 1:08am

« Well that's a bit…. Extreme. »

Shit.

"Abby? Are you okay?"

She's not though. I don't know what she's babbling about, but I can guess it's cause.

"I think we're contagious Paige."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on May 13, 2007, 1:09am

« If she has the intelgence of a second grader, woulden't that be retarded anyway? »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 1:10am

"This is all a dream Abby, play along until you wake, m'kay?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 1:10am

Sammy leads the willing group to a drainage ditch near the back alleys. They drop down and walk, soon entering an area roughly calculated to be beneath the Quinjet.

There are 20 or so people huddled around trash can fires, or consoling each other.

Sammy smiles grimly. "Well, these people were all mutants, too, I guess. Used to all be deformed, like me. But now we ain't."

No one wants to talk to the newcomers.

There's a slow clap from the rear of the room, as Bastion steps forward.

"Ah, the fabled Morlocks of Los Angeles. Powerless…defenseless…" he checks his nails, and then tosses something heavy at Paige.

It's Firestar's body.

"Tell me, have you figured anything out yet?" Most of the Morlocks are clearing back to the tunnels.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 1:11am

"I was…I mean…I was just in the classroom, and I was…there was this test and…" I look down and see that my head is a lot farther from the ground than it used to be. "Wow, I'm tall." I giggle a bit, hopping on one foot. "Must be a dream or something, cool. Wish there was some candy. Candy's nice."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 1:12am

I shriek and ball up when the girl's body comes our way, crawling over to a corner. "I don't like this dream…"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on May 13, 2007, 1:13am

« SOMEone has a hard on for Bastion. Er…. That dosen't really work with you, does it? »

I ignore Abby for the moment.

"Is she alive?"

I have no idea how the check a pulse.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Protoman on May 13, 2007, 1:15am

«Amy can have a hard on if she wants, she's Amy.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 1:15am

I check Firestar's pulse with one hand and aim at Bastion's head with the other.

"Give me one reason not to, you smarmy fuck."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on May 13, 2007, 1:16am

« lol Sam, there are no women on the Internet. »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 1:17am

"Paige. Shoot him."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 1:18am

"Wait, wait, wait!" I rush over to the big, huggable-looking girl. "You can't shoot him! You guys are superheroes, right? You can't kill people."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on May 13, 2007, 1:20am

Nick

"He woulden't be here if a gun was going to threaten him. Don't shoot. Yet."

Okay, now I wish I had my powers. On a postive note, I do get to keep my glasses in my pocket.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 1:21am

"Oh, God, Abs do I look like a fucking superhero?"

Ah, right. Captain Marvel shirt.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 1:22am

"Yeah…a little, yeah." I cringe at her curse, backing off a bit. "Even if you're not…it's still kind of wrong…and disgusting…I saw Predator 2, and it had all this blood, and it was nasty."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 1:22am

Bastion doesn't waver from Paige's glare.

"One reason would be the ricochet might kill your companions. But test your luck.

My task here was simple. Depower the mutant populace, and eliminate them. The Leevald trial and it's resulting fiasco provided the perfect opportunity. Now, do you even think that kind of confession would be incriminating?"

He walks up to Paige, punches her in the face, disarming her.

"I…thought not."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 1:27am

Man…I don't understand half the things he said, but I don't like the way he said, and I don't like him hitting the big girl, either.

This is my dream, so I should be able to control it - I try and tackle him.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 1:29am

I see Abby go for him and grab at her.

"No! Stay back!"

Turning to the others.

"Don't ANY of you still have powers?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 1:29am

"F… u… c…k…"

Like getting getting hit by a damned truck. As I try to get back up, I'm fairly aware of the second gun in the back of my pants and tucked away switchblade, but I'm suddenly not so sure how useful they are.

"What the hell are you?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 1:31am

"Everybody duck!" I shout, trying to pull pieces of the ceiling down to fling at Bastion.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 1:35am

Abby and Nick's combined accidental tackle catchs Bastion off guard, and they tumble to the floor, beside Firestar.

Sammy runs off down the tunnels as the ceiling clatters, and Baby's debris flings by all of their heads.

Bastion catches a large chunk in the chest and is hurled further back.

He slowly rises to his feet. "Interesting. One of you is still functional."

He pulls a Walther PP7 from his jacket, training it on Baby, and fires.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 1:39am

"Yeah, bet that's what you every morning when you check out the nuts." I say, catching his bullets in my orbit. Mostly. They move pretty fast (and I was lucky to fucking even get one) but as soon as I pull them in I fling them back out.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 1:42am

«And somewhere, Lance Armstrong sheds a tear.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 1:43am

I hit the fucking dirt, remembering what he said about ricochets…


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on May 13, 2007, 1:44am

Nick

This is so stupid. Without my powers I'm pretty useless in a fight. I guess I should try though. Still holding Abby down, I fling my knife at him as hard as I can. It's intentionally Dull though, never thought I'd need it to cut things.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 1:48am

The bullet catches Bastion in the throat, too quick for him to react.

As he staggers back and grasps his throat, Nick's knife tumbles into his forehead, hilt first, knocking him even more off balance.

Bastion's eyes flare up yellow, but he doesn't get up.

"It doesn't matter. Every mutant in this city will soon be powerless, and even if they don't, the city will tear itself asunder anyway."

He then gets up and dusts himself off. He looks in the general direction of the Morlock exodus. "Now if you'll excuse me, despite the chaos above, I have a massacre to ensure."

He calmly power-walks towards the access tunnels…


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 1:50am

"Is anyone going to stop him?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 1:52am

Nobody expects calm, collected decisions from me anyway. As Bastion power walks I run up behind him and jump on his back. I proceed to flip out my switchblade and try to jam it in his ear.

"Don't think so."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 1:52am

Firestar comes to, coughing.

"Whuzzgoinon? I…Bastion wasn't with the feds at all. Where are we?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 1:52am

"Can we stop him? I mean, he beat us up pretty bad…" I squirm a bit under the guy who was wearing glasses. "Get off, you smell."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 1:53am

"The Sewers. What did you say about Bastion?

Ah! I-I-I do?"

Man am I blushing. I quickly jump off of her.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 1:53am

"Go get him GI Jane!" I shout. I'd help, but I know if I get that close it's just asking for another injury,


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 1:54am

As Paige's blade jams into Bastion's head, an electric shock courses through the both of them.

Still, Bastion falls to the ground.

"You…stupid…" His eyes begin to flash, faster now. "…you do..kzzt…pandemic…."

There's a high paced pinging and a high pitched whining.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 1:57am

I run over to the big girl, trying to help her up. "Man, you're really heavy…"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 1:59am

"Wow… That was pretty easy, all things considered. Hey, is Paige still alive?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 1:59am

"I'm pretty sure Bastion is a robot."

Well, if that's the case…

I use my powers again and this time pull the big guys towards me.

"We need to learn his plot…err..the rest of it."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 2:01am

"You're… just… weak…"

The shock took a fair bit out of me, but I get up, leaning on Abby.

"What were you saying about a massacre, you snarky bastard? Oh right. Dead."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 2:05am

Bastion's pinging is getting louder now, as he hovers in front of Baby.

"…kzzt…epidemic, you won't…stop it. Every mut….ty is pow…krrt…own faul…"

The whining is coming to a head, and there's an intense heat.

Firestar's eyes open wide. "I think that's a bomb."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 2:06am

"Can you melt it?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 2:08am

"Paige touched her, she's got no powers. Now might be the time to run!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 2:08am

"A bomb?" Didn't these guys watch Inspector Gadget? When robots make funny noises, it's always a bomb.

"Runrunrurnrunrun!" I try to drag…Paige? Is that her name? I try to run out and drag her with me.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 2:10am

They speak wisdom. I break out as well, leaning on Abby the whole way, unfortunately not back up to running on my own.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 2:11am

The explosion is a wide fiery arc, forcing the team to…

Submerge under the sewage.

They emerge from the drainage ditch, tired, smelly, and with even more calamitous riots around the neighborhood.

Firestar falls facefirst in the grass. "What happened to our powers? Did you find out what's shutting them off?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 2:13am

"arguh.., My poor, poor clothes. These are going in the bonfire.

It's some kind of infection spreading. Any mutant that lost their powers can spread it to others too."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 2:15am

"Oh god. I would've preferred death to the sewage. This is why everyone hates LA."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 2:16am

"Fucking aces." I mutter wiping sewage off of my face as we leave the ditch. "I loved this shirt. This stuff had better wash out…"

I sigh.

"Bastion started it, somehow. Not quite sure what it is. But the plan after we were stripped of our powers was to kill us. I suppose it would be optimistic to think he was working alone…"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 2:17am

"I smell like poop."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 2:18am

"Yes. Yes you do."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 2:18am

"Never let it be said you ain't got a way with words."

Ox finally appears from…..whatever in the hells he was doing.

"Scuse me. Turned around and caught a brick to the forehead. Contrary to what I've been told, I apparently did have something upstairs to scramble."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 2:19am

"My mohawk smells like poop. I might have to shave it all off…"

"…this is the worst day of my life."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 2:20am

Firestar coughs, spitting up…you don't want to know.

"Well, the good news is I've found one active gene in an infected area, before Bastion KO'd me back at the barricade. You want to check that out?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 2:21am

"No." I say, shaking my and letting the…oh my God…fly from my hair.

"I just wanna go home."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 2:22am

I take a stick and start poking at the thing that came out of that girl's mouth.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 2:25am

Shiiiit. I can't even see the symbol anymore, no matter how much of this shit I scrape off.

"Don't be a… shit. You're name sucks so much. There's no way I could have finished that sentence without being insanely corny."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 2:26am

"Jeesus christ what is wrong with you girls. It's just a little slime, can we stay focused for a moment?"

I direct this straight as Baby, not as Abby, though it's a bit to her too I guess.

"Most of us are powerless, shoulden't we wait for the Avengers?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 2:27am

I ignore Paige and Nic and try and do something with my hair.

"Even my powers can't get this shit off me. Shit. Shit. Shit. I hate Mimic. This is his fault."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 2:28am

Baby's whining overruled, the shit-covered team finds themselves at the aftermath of another race riot outside of a Costco.

Firestar points the team to a smashed Escalade, pointing to the rear.

Someone is hiding in the back.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 2:30am

"Gah, you sound like my Dad." I stick my tongue out at Nick. "Anyway, if we need to beat up a bad guy, let's go beat up a bad guy. I got to wake up soon and finish my test and go home and watch Sailor Moon."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 2:31am

I kick the back of the Escalade a few times to let who the hell ever it is know we're here. Not the best of moods, really. I keep the second gun in hand, though I'm not pointing it anyone. It's probably clogged and useless from the sewer, but I want to at least look like I could be threatening despite my lack of powers.

"Get the hell out."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 2:31am

"I used to do that. Everyone would think I was a sleepwalker because I'd get up about two hours to early and be found asleep in front of the tv."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 2:32am

"Alright, since you all stink. In a whole lot of sense of the word."

Ox stomps up to the SUV. Knocks on the back.

"Yoohoo. Voice of sanity in the nuthouse. Don't hurt me or nothin."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 2:35am

I hold Paige back.

"Let's let the guy who dosen't smell like Shit handle this one, eh?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 2:36am

Someone shivers and lifts the rear door, rolling to the ground.

"Don't hurt me."

He's covered beneath a sheet, and his hand has a numerical tattoo on it.

"0T-034"

"Don't take me back."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 2:37am

"… back where?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 2:39am

Marty merely watches blankly.

"Guy hiding in a car, wearing a sheet and sporting an oddball hand tattoo. Odds are he didn't escape from Maui."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Baby "Deia" Tigo on May 13, 2007, 2:40am

"Maybe he's a refugee from the Terminator's future."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 2:40am

"You don't know that. I'm sure they have sinister labs in Maui. I mean, who would look there?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 2:41am

"Yeah. Maybe. Maybe not."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 2:51am

There's a sharp click, even above the riot, as Bastion and his freshly pressed suit and shiny shoes walk across the parking lot.

"Ah. Pandemic has the mutant power to turn off the mutant power of anyone he physically touches. The effect lasts 24 hours.

During this process, he also gives you his power. Anyone you touch will lose their power for 24 hours. And you will gain this ability.

And so on. And on. And on and on.

So I wouldn't touch him. It might be proper to allow me to dispose of this…failure."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 2:54am

"Aren't you supposed to be dead?"

« Wind down time? »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 2:57am

"Oh, shit."

I stand up inbetween Bastion and… Pandemic. I heard him say it before but it didn't occur to me that he was referring to a person.

"You telling me that I ran from an explosion and ruined my favorite shirt for nothing?"

Kid needs to be contained, but there's no fucking way I'm handing him to this prick.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 2:58am

"How about no. The guy pretty obviously isn't having a picnic out of life and you aren't bringing the coleslaw. Or whatever."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 3:01am

«Yes, Wind Down Time. Not too much left, but we'll get to it tomorrow. Too tired to put effort into a satisfactory victory beat down for you all.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 4:58pm

«I think you're all here. Want to finish this? Gimme a time After 7 CST.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on May 13, 2007, 5:02pm

« At 5 PM? Shock and Awe! »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 10:20pm

«And…let's wrap this up. Unless you want to stop. It's totally The End if you want.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 10:22pm

[Go go go]


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 10:24pm

« Aweosme. »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 10:25pm

[I may be completely useless at the moment, but damn it, I'll be useless with style.]


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 10:25pm

Bastion turns coldly to Ox, then his arm snaps out, and he lifts him off of the ground.

"It…might be wise to rethink that ofter, young man."

Ox can feel Bastion's iron grip on his clavicle.

"That young man is government property."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 10:27pm

Do something, do something, do something…ah.

"Hey, old man!" I pick up a brick that's laying around and toss it at his head. "You suck!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 10:29pm

Ox vaguely wonders if he still has powers or not.

Well, no time like the present to find out. He throws out a hand to catch the brick, tries to shift it into a tiny bomb and slams it on Bastion's noggin.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 10:29pm

I have no idea why this reposted later.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 10:31pm

[It's my fault, somehow. Sorry.]


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 10:33pm

Ox, not having actually come into physical contact with Pandemic (or 0T-034) or his teammates, successfully converts the brick into an explosive, a jury rigged self-timing mortar shell, to be specific. Har har.

The brick bomb's weight easily smashes into Bastion's head, and wedges right above the left ear.

It begins to tick. Bastion hurls Ox away in a random direction, and Ox smashes through the Costco entrance doors as Bastion grips his head, and the beeping intensifies.

The explosion showers everyone with bits of flesh and wiring.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 10:36pm

"Ungh… I thought he was a robot."

I pick the more disgusing blown bits off me. Don't know why I bother, still look and smell like Shit.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 10:36pm

…It's raining men. Hallelujah, it's raining men…

"Heh, it's just like Inspector Gadget!" I catch a few of the pieces. "I don't know how what happened just happened, but it was cool. This dream rocks."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 13, 2007, 10:36pm

"Ugh."

I start to wipe a few pieces of said flesh and wiring off of me but then figure, what the hell, I'm already covered in shit. I turn to Pandemic.

"Can we expect any more of him, kid?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 10:38pm

«I think there is some edict from the RPing gods that none of my characters ever get any type of body part on them. It's a fantastic thing.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 10:39pm

Pandemic scoots back on his ass along the parking lot, crab crawling as far away from the team as he can.

"You…you just screwed me over…now they're gonna think I offed him."

He stands up and begins to run into the rioting crowd.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 10:40pm

"Ow, ow, ow."

Ox comes bursting through the doors again, wearing what looks like the remains of a cash register as a scarf.

"Remind me to stop doing that….uh, where'd John Connor go off to?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 10:40pm

"Hey, stop!" I pick up another brick and throw it at his back. It's worked for me so far.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 10:41pm

"How would you HAVE killed hi-… He's running away, isnin't he?"

I look. Sure enough. I chase after him.

"Hey! We're here to help!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 10:44pm

Abby's brick hurls across the lot, too late, as Pandemic ducks into the rioting crowd.

The brick THWACKS into the vicinity of a very, very large Hispanic gentleman, who turns just in time to see an out of breath Nick.

"What, you want to make this a race thing, too, hommes?"

And the riot of 400 strong is loosed upon the team, with everyone not knowing who to hit, and where to go. So everyone, including the team, is pretty helter-skelter and limbs akimbo.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 10:46pm

"Run away! Run away!"

I am…running away. Very fast.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 10:47pm

"I… I didn't do that!"

Is all I Get out before being mobed. Heh. Mobed. After they start hitting eachother, I try and make my way out.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 10:48pm

Bored, Tom decides to follow after the team that so insensitively left him behind. Assuming he finds them, he runs away along with Abby.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 10:49pm

"I hate you all."

Ox randomly bonks people in the head with oversized fists, trying to stay with the others as best he can.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 10:54pm

Tom and Abby make a break for it, beating out the crowd. And ducking across the street, as if he purposefully ran a full loop, is Pandemic. He ducks into a phone booth.

—-

Nick, sustaining several kicks, being stepped on, and a broken pair of glasses, manages to crawl to the fringes of the crowd, where a frantic Starfire has been searching for him.

"Nick, we need to stop the riots before anyone else is hurt, or…whatever Pandemic does is spread even more. Is there anyone else who hasn't been infected?"

—-

Meanwhile, Ox notices something interesting in the Bastion debris. It's a spray- painted tag on a piece of skull: Unit 04/24.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 10:56pm

"…..crud on a stick. Guys, there are 24 of those stupid things and I think we got two. Guys?"

Glancing around to see if anyone's even still here, Ox sighs.

"…….whatever."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 10:58pm

"Hey, look!" I point to Pande…Panda… "It's the Panda Man!" I hop on the big guy's back as we near him. "Get him!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 10:59pm

I gather up the remains of my glasses before answering. Thoes are important.

"Um.. Ox still has powers, and Baby. In fact, the only ones dispowered are me, Abby, Paige, and you. I think."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 11:01pm

The volume of Tom's bitching is directly proportionate to how much he likes to be needed. "Well fine!!!"

«Is "The big guy" Pandemic, or Tom?»

Tom starts moving toward the phone booth. He begins to open the booth. He has no idea who this is, but likes Abby enough to do as she asks.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 11:01pm

[Tom.]


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 11:03pm

"Hey!"

He begins banging on the phone booth.

"Get out here!"

Tom turns a little to ask Abby, "Who is this guy? Why are we gonna kick his ass?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 11:04pm

"If he touches you, you'll lose your powers or something. So don't touch him. But we can't let him touch any more people…or mutants…am I mutant or something? Weird dream."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 11:08pm

"Oh. Kay."

Still in his human form, Tom continues punching the phone booth.

"Hey!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 11:09pm

Firestar frowns at Nick. "That sucks on a global scale. They're probably going to bring Sentinels down for the final solution in crowd control. Let's go."

She grabs him by the hand and runs around the chaotic parking lot mosh pit, heading towards Abby, Ox, Tom, and the others.

And it's then Pandemic does the stupidest, yet smartest move he could make.

He punches Tom in the jaw. It hurts. And it depowers him.

"You stupid idiots! You ruined everything!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 11:12pm

"Hey, stop hurting my friends!" At least, I think they're my friends. They've been kind of nice.

I kick Panda Man. Not, like, a normal kick, but one of those kicks like in the movies, where the girl kicks the guy below his stomach, and he makes these weird noses and grabs the spot she kicked, and starts crying.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 11:13pm

Pandemic makes a whimpering noise, and falls over, rolling on the ground.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 11:14pm

"Ow!" As soon as Tom recovers, he moves to kick Pandemic in the crotch. Though me isn't showing it, he would have run into the phone booth and beat the snot out of Pandemic if Abby was in a safer position.

«Too slow.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 11:14pm

"Poor little psycho. I'm not picking him up."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 11:16pm

[Aw, you can never kick a guy in the crotch too much!]


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 11:18pm

Tom takes a cue from Abby and kicks Pandemic in the crotch. At that point, he makes a mental decision to keep Abby safe. She's too little to be running around kicking people in the crotch all the time.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 11:22pm

"Well, now what the hell do we do? 22 more old molester robots somewhere out there. I imagine they'll be coming for him."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 11:22pm

"Uh… Let's stop kicking him there. It's getting me a bit nurvous…."

Note to self: Don't piss Abby off.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 11:25pm

And it's then that…Bastion shows up. His suit is freshly pressed, and his tie is a different color than it was previously. He also bears no signs of malice.

"Perfect. You've captured the mutant offender. As long as we can quarantine him, the city's mutants will be restored, and that will lessen part of the panic behind the riots."

Some men in black pull up in a black SUV and quickly shackle and straightjacket Pandemic, dragging him off.

"The anger over the Leevald verdict will taper off from there. Good job handling my special assignment. We may call on you again."

He flashes them a friendly smile.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 11:27pm

"Shut up."

Ox fishes into his pocket, produces some change and chucks it at Bastion, making it go boom on contact.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 11:30pm

Well, I'm pretty much out of ammo. Knife gone. Even my glasses broke. I've got little left…

Still, we shoulden't be handing him over. I throw a punch at one of the men draging Pandemic off.

"Hey! Lay off, we found him first!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 11:31pm

Tom rushes in to back up Nick. He transforms into his giant state and…

He transforms into his giant state..

He transforms…

Oh shit.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 11:33pm

I run in, too, and start hitting the guys in suits with the same attack that worked on Panda Man.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 11:38pm

As the two little nerdlings begin their crotch assault on the MiBs, Ox's loose change, using a special secret trick that allows nickel, copper, and oxygen to ignite, explodes upon contact.

Everyone one is knocked back, except Bastion, who's chest is charred, and his suit is on fire. He loosens his burnt tie.

"That…was unwise, Pumbaa. You're not dealing with…my drones anymore. Better to take your victory in Southwest Los Angeles…and walk."

He cricks his neck and straightens his sunglasses, even as a lens shatters and falls out.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 13, 2007, 11:42pm

« I'd like to point out Nick has far too much fear of being kicked there to do it to someone else. »

I try to drag Pandemic out of the way. Not like it matters if I touch him now.

"Damnit, isin't there any way for us to just get out of here?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 11:44pm

"Man….who talk like Shatner…..get kicked….in robotic crotch."

Ox does just that. Probably more out of some deep rooted desire to fit in than anything, but whatever.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 11:49pm

Tom checks to see if the black SUV still has the keys in the ignition. If it is, he runs over in the hopes of jumping into the driver's seat.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 11:49pm

«I was going for Agent Smith, but ok )

Ox's foot connects with metal, and it hurts. He feels the toes fracture.

Bastion once again grabs him by the shoulder.

"I'm warning you again to take your victory and walk away."

The MiBs wrestle Pandemic away from Nick and Abby, simulataneously straightening their ties.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on May 13, 2007, 11:49pm

Bryan (who…magically is with the others. Yay, plot device!) looks around. "Uh…guys. We got a plan?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 11:50pm

Tom is inside the SUV, as the MiBs are distracted with Nick and Abby. It's still running. Nice leather interior, too.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 11:50pm

«I was thinking more Bishop, from the current Ninja Turtles series. Except in my brain he's voiced by Ron Perlman.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 13, 2007, 11:51pm

"Alright, alright, I give up. Let's just go home, guys."

Ox throws his hands up, waiting to be put down. At which point he'd jam his wristwatch in Bastion's face and hope for a nuke.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 11:52pm

Tom drives down the block and does a sharp U-turn. He begins laying on the horn to get the team's attention, then puts the pedal to the floor, aiming for the robotic bastard.

The radio is blasting 99 Luftballoons, for some reason.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 11:52pm

«Bastion is Michael Ironside with Agent Smith's speech patterns, to me

Also, how cool would LOTR have been if Elrond used that dialect.

"Miiiister Underhill. I…understand you have the Ring." »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on May 13, 2007, 11:53pm

Bryan cocks his head slightly at Bastion as he approaches, wondering how many of him there are.

"Heyy…..just lettim go." As soon as he's close enough, Bryan tries to alter Bastion's brittleness, to make him as brittle as old glass.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 13, 2007, 11:55pm

Ox's watchbomb hooks onto Bastion's collar, right as the Ford Explorer barrels down the street, and catches Bastion in the grill.

Ox goes rolling across the street, suffering a strawberry burn.

Better than Tom, who's now caught between plush leather seating and the pressure of the deployed airbag, as the vehicle goes careening towards a neighborhood groceria.

Tick. Tick. Tick.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 13, 2007, 11:58pm

Tom struggles futilly against the airbag. His arms and legs lash about wildly, one might note that he looks startlingly similar to a giant angry baby. He doesn't hit the brakes, as he doesn't realize there is a problem with the current state of things.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 13, 2007, 11:59pm

"Big guy!" I run after the car as it goes driving away, trying to pull the big guy out. Don't like that ticking sound…


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by K'lar on May 14, 2007, 12:00am

[[anyway I can get a recap and jump in?]]


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on May 14, 2007, 12:01am

((NO! No you can't!))


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 14, 2007, 12:01am

"Why do you guys keep doing that? With your ties I mean. It's kinda useless."

Everyone's getting destroyed. What a pain. I takle one of the suits.

"Abby! Get him out of here! Pandemic is what he wants!

Or go save Tom. That's fine too."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:02am

« There's a mutant that stripped the team of their powers, and he's part of Bastion's plot to eliminate the mutant populace of LA through the cover of a race riot. When his plan goes awry, he tries to take his weapon back, and the NM won't let him.

Bastion is currently stuck to the front of a Ford Explorer, with an Ox-made bomb clipped to his neck. »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 14, 2007, 12:03am

"Ow ow ow slam the brakes ya dummy ow!"

Ox skids to a very painful halt.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 12:04am

«Should I play it like Keira's been there all the time? Just off panel…perhaps her shoelace was loose? »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:05am

Abby manages to grab onto Tom's arm and yank him out, but they too go tumbling down the street.

Bastion and the Ford Explorer smash into the taco stand, which was already smashed and in flames due to the riots anyway.

There's a tense pause.

An explosion.

Meat, tortillas, vegetables, and rubble shower the block.

—-

Nick tackles one of the suits, which gives Pandemic enough leverage to run, despite his restraints. He takes off in the hail of Mexican food.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:05am

May 14, 2007, 12:04am, Keira "Critter" Richmond wrote:«Should I play it like Keira's been there all the time? Just off panel…perhaps her shoelace was loose? »

«Whole time works.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 14, 2007, 12:06am

As the van explodes, Tom looks at Abby with awe. "Did you do that? Awesome, I knew you had it in you."

He easily picks her up with one hand and does a jog/walk to the rest of the gang.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on May 14, 2007, 12:08am

After the explosion, and covering himself from the debris, Bryan looks around, and picks up a few rocks. Never know when they'll come in handy.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 14, 2007, 12:09am

"Just trying to help." I giggle a bit as the big guy picks me up - nice and strong and nice. Shame this is a dream and he's not real.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 14, 2007, 12:10am

Ox scrambles to his feet. Dusts himself off, takes one step forward, then does a graceful faceflop to the road.

"Ow."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 12:10am

Keira is pretty much covered head to toe in taco, "What a mess! Abby, you owe me a new uniform!!" She reaches out to see if there are any animals around to synch with.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:10am

Somewhere, industrial music is playing.

Through the debris of the Mexican groceria, something can be seen pooling amongst the flames.

A skeleton takes a staggered step out through the shattered window, and with each step, more and more muscle, skin, and business suit wind their way up from feet to skull.

Bastion continues walking towards the shell shocked team at a brisk pace, popping his finger joints individually with his thumb as he does so. He's dragging his left foot.

"Give me the boy if you want to live."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:12am

May 14, 2007, 12:10am, Keira "Critter" Richmond wrote:Keira is pretty much covered head to toe in taco, "What a mess! Abby, you owe me a new uniform!!" She reaches out to see if there are any animals around to synch with.

Somewhere, perhaps in the nearby upper story apartments of the city block, Keira feels the unmistakable annoyance of a chihuahua, chittering of a hamster, and proud laziness of a housecat.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 12:13am

Keira's jaw drops, "Uhm…guys, he didn't stay down!!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on May 14, 2007, 12:13am

"…Thats not right. He……why can he do that?"

As soon as Bastion's close enough again, he tries to make him fragile, and throws a rock at him.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 14, 2007, 12:14am

"Oh for the love of hell."

Ox limps up again, bracing himself on one hand. If Bastion got near, he'd grab him and try to convert him directly into cotton candy. Then he'd eat him. Come back from that, jerk.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 14, 2007, 12:14am

"He bolted. What do you want us to do, chase him for you?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 12:14am

Keira decides to go with the chihuahua…she always wanted a dog when she was a kid…besides, tacos and chihuahuas go well together.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:19am

Bastion's chest shatters, and the hole reforms.

Behind him, the remaining 22 Bastion Drones can be seen falling into line behind him.

If you're hard up for movie scenes, it's probably raining, too.

Heck, sure. It's raining.

"I gave you a choice, Pumbaa." He continues his brisk pace towards Ox, shoving Bryan aside, and glaring at Nick. "You had him. I gave you…one…directive. And you betrayed me. It took me months, to organize the Leevald trial and brew all of this…hate.

You've ruined the cover of my operation…and now we're going to ruin…you."

He stops just short of the group, staring icily at Nick. "Now I ask you.

Have you seen this boy?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 12:22am

Keira starts to bark at the drones in a high pitched slightly annoying yipping.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 14, 2007, 12:22am

Suddenly, I feel like being ornery. I shrug.

"What boy?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on May 14, 2007, 12:24am

Bryan remains where fell after being shoved aside. It gave better contact with the ground. Focusing, Bryan tried to make a thin, narrow 'line' of the street weakened, leading up to Bastion Prime, where he tries to make it larger. Round, even. And as deep as he can. He's not sure how effective his powers could be at this range, as he's never tried it before, but gets a rock ready to throw at Bastion's feet anyway, if Bastion tries to move away from it.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 14, 2007, 12:26am

Tom picks up a long, metal rod and holds it in his right hand. He fears for the future.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:27am

Keira's yapping is of such a frequency that the drones begin to fritz out. Several twitch, a couple or immobilized, and it's clear that whatever she's doing is messing with their wireless relay frequencies.

Or something.

Bryan's fracture in the street spreads, unknown to Bastion. The ground beneath his feet becomes brittle, but as he's just standing there, it's only a matter of time until his weight forces him through.

He looks impassively at Nick. "Pandemic. The boy you just freed." He turns to Tom. "And incidentally, that was…my car."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 12:28am

Keira leaps on one of the drones, baring her now slightly sharper teeth, "Yip, Yip, Yip!!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 12:29am

«LOL! That's terribly awesome, Amy!»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on May 14, 2007, 12:30am

"Hey….uh. ….Damn it. I didn't catch your name." Bryan says to bastion.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 14, 2007, 12:33am

Tom is exasperated. He shouts at Nick. "Listen! And understand! It can't be bargained with! It can't be reasoned with! It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead!"

He sighs heavily. "God, I mean come on!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 14, 2007, 12:34am

"Hey, the dude deserves to be free. You can't keep him chained up just beacuse his power is helpful. World dosen't work like that. At least, I don't think it does."

I turn to Tom.

"Oh don't worry, I'm just stalling."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 12:35am

Keira leaps off the drone and stands next to Nick, "Yeah!! Leave him alone, you big jerk!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 14, 2007, 12:36am

Ox limps up to the trapped Bastion.

"I really hate you."

Head. Cotton candy.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:38am

Keira pounces on a stunned Bastion drone, ripping into it's neck and pulling out a mass of wiring. She growls at the nearest drone, but it's just cute. Too cute. They're war machines, they can't handle this. The 2nd drone twitches, and collapses.

Bastion turns to Bryan. "I'm Agent Bastion, of the Mutant Affairs committee. And I'm ordering you…once again…to stand down."

He produces his pistol and trains it on Ox, fires into his shoulder.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:38am

Bastion's head turns into a Heath Bar as he pulls the trigger, then reforms into a Hundred Grand. Ox isn't quite THAT fine tuned.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 14, 2007, 12:39am

Man, what is with this guy? He's worse than a cartoon; blow him up, and he's back ten seconds later.

I run into him, trying to take his gun away.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:40am

Abby rushes Candy-headed Bastion as Ox takes the bullet.

The extra weight it too much for the brittle road Bryan created.

Bastion and Abby crash through into the sewer system.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 14, 2007, 12:42am

Not again…

"Abby!"

I run for the hole, trying to grab at her.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on May 14, 2007, 12:43am

'Oh CRAP!'

"DAMN IT!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 14, 2007, 12:43am

"Graaaaaaaaaaaah, hate you all," Marty complains in midair as he spirals to the ground.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 12:46am

Keira runs around the hole barking down at it, "Should we follow??"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 14, 2007, 12:46am

Damnit. I'm a horrible protector.

Tom runs to check on Abby and see if she's okay.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:47am

Firestar rushes to Ox as he falls down clutching his shoulder.

"Calvi—I mean, Marty, are you ok?!"

Bastion's head reforms, and Abby is at gunpoint, locked tight to his chest. He looks up at the team.

"One…move. Dust."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 14, 2007, 12:49am

"I have a broken foot, a bullet in my shoulder and I think I'm missing three pounds of flesh. Other than that, I'm peachy."

Ox attempts to drag himself up, looking over at the hole.

"…..forget about that, melt that guy's gun or something!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on May 14, 2007, 12:49am

Looking down the hole with the others, if he's in range, he tries to make the bullets fragile. And the trigger, for that matter. If not…he mills around useless.

((Night.))


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 14, 2007, 12:49am

"What do you want from us? He's gone! Just give Abby back already!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 14, 2007, 12:49am

"Uh, guys?" I squirm a little in Bastion's grip - can't move any. "Help…"

Also, ew, I'm in the sewers again.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 14, 2007, 12:50am

"Don't hurt her! We'll kick your butt!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:52am

Firestar raises her hand, miming a lighter flick. "Pandemic, remember?"

Bastion rises from the hole in the street, jets flaring from beneath his boots.

He looks displeased at the drones Keira's yapping has ruined, and clenches Abby tighter.

"I want to complete my objective, I need my subject."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 12:53am

Keira peeks down the hole and growls, "Let her go!!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 14, 2007, 12:54am

Tom picks up that metal rod and swings it at Bastion's head.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 14, 2007, 12:55am

"Hey! Be careful of Abby!"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 14, 2007, 12:56am

Ox more or less tosses himself towards Bastion, attempting to grab his foot and turn his leg into lime green jello.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:57am

Tom's rod <sigh> connects with Bastion's head, and throws him off blance. The Jello'd legs don't help.

Bastion drops Abby on the street and crashes into a lightpost. The lightpost bends, then falls, electrifying the sewage-soaked Bastion.

His arm reaches up.

Falls down.

It begins to rain harder as the remaining drones deactivate with Bastion and his relay signal fried.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 14, 2007, 12:59am

Tom runs over and aggressively continues smashing the downed Bastion.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 14, 2007, 12:59am

I run over to check on Abby.

"Hey, are you okay? Abby?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 12:59am

Bastion flinches, and his yellow eye's light up…there's a buzzing sound…and Bastion's body dies.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on May 14, 2007, 1:00am

I hit the ground pretty hard, landing on my tush. "Stupid robot…"

I look up at Nick. "Yeah, I'm fine…where'd Panda Man go?"


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Martin "Armageddon" Banks on May 14, 2007, 1:00am

"Well, that was fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun."

Ox slurs, as a wave of dizziness strikes him.

"…..shit. I think I need to lie down."

He does so, in the middle of the street.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nick on May 14, 2007, 1:01am

"He uh… kinda ran off a while ago. Didn't see where."


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Dreadnought on May 14, 2007, 1:02am

Tom stands over the machine and shoves the pole through Bastion's chest. He gives it a final twist as blue electricity flows out of the machine's body and into the air.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 1:06am

Firestar puts her hand on Ox's shoulder, unknowingly deactivating him.

"Well. I'd say we won, but we don't want to be here when the real feds arrive. Let's get back home. Hopefully we can run tests, and our powers will restore soon, if Cerebro's X-Gene analysis was right."

The sun shines through the clouds, and somewhere, as the riots and fires rage in the rest of LA, the faint chorus of Sublime's "What I Got" can be heard on the city block as the team heads to the Quinjet.

THE END.

—-

Somewhere in Anaheim, Disneyland to be exact, one of the Small World Robots ceases it's revelry as it's eyes flash yellow. A crude smile plays over the Dutch Girl's lips as It's a Small World echoes through the water ride tunnel…

—-

A young man stops in a motel outside of LA. He pulls his sleeve over his hand tattoo, 0T-034, as a police bulletin strains through the old mono radio on the motel counter…

NOT THE END.


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on May 14, 2007, 1:09am

« So is it the end or not? Make up your mind already! »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Keira "Critter" Richmond on May 14, 2007, 1:10am

«Nice one, Amy!»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on May 14, 2007, 1:11am

« gg Firestar »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Alkaline on May 14, 2007, 1:11am

«No, it's the end of this mission. Just…not in general.

Thanks, Skitch.»


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on May 14, 2007, 1:14am

« I must do a very good angry person impression. Anyway, Ditto what Skitch said. »


Re: NM West #2 - Recipe for Hate
Post by Mistress Anima on May 15, 2007, 1:28am

«Sorry for the abrupt disappearance after a single post last night… something came up. Seemed fun though.»


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